Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Worktable Wednesday - Pendents, pendents and more pendents

I have quite a collection of really cute pendents.  Quilts, flowers, and Art Nouveau.  I'll probably be adding some of my own mandalas once I get some free time.  I love making them.  Next step is to figure out where to sell these little beauties!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Worktable Wednesday - Resin Pretties

When I get a few minutes, I love playing with my resin!  All the colors I can create, swirling colors together to make something new and different.... The only problem is this:  what on earth do I do with all the resin pretties that I make?  Some are turned into pendents, some are turned into buttons.  But mostly, they get thrown into a box, and forgotten about for awhile.  Shame on me!  ;-)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summing It Up Sunday - A week in review

Another Sunday rolls around.  Time for rest, relaxation, and reviewing the accomplishments of the week.  And what a week it has been.

To start with, if you remember my blog post from August 6, I was wondering what to do with the piles of stock I have laying around my living room.

Well, I've started to take care of that.  I'm doing a slow listing in my Etsy shop.  Just one piece a day or so, but it will slowly start to rebuild my shop.  

Admittedly, these pieces are actually being re-listed.  But you know what?  That's okay.  New and fun things will be added soon.  As soon as I can get my camera set up.  

New scarves are being painted to be added to the stock that is going to Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery, located in beautiful Crozet, Virginia.  It's a great independent book shop, with lots of beautiful artisan-crafted jewelry and lovely works of art.  Art and books.  Books and art.  Can't really go wrong with that combination!  

Until next time, make sure your sand stays blue!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Worktable Wednesday - Silk Scarves Everywhere

This week, I'm busy fulfilling an order of 10 silk scarves, that will (hopefully) arrive at Over the Moon Bookstore on Friday.  Each scarf can take upwards of 4 days to complete, from start to finish.  It's a long process, but one that I love.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Worktable Wednesday-More than just a photo

Normally, this would be just a photo.   However , a little explanation is in order.  This is just one plastic tub of stock I have made.  I really need to stop making things until I get some sold or something.  This is the problem with being an out of control crafter.  And being caught in a Catch-22 of epic proportions.  How do I list stock when I have neither the time or finances to do so?  Any suggestions are welcome!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rich Turkey and/or Chicken Broth Again

This is the second time I have posted this recipe, but it's worth it.  This time, I have included pictures, and some helpful hints.

This recipe came to our family from my darling dad's brother, Linford.  What a great uncle!

Rich Turkey or Chicken Broth

Chicken or Turkey carcass (bones, neck, giblets, all that stuff leftover from dinner and what is pulled out of the bird before cooking)
Just enough water to cover bird parts
1 Chicken bullion cube
1 teaspoon salt
12 whole peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 stalk celery, cut up
1 carrot, cut up
1 small onion, cut up
Turkey/chicken pieces in slow cooker, peppercorns, chicken broth, veggie broth, carrots,
celery, onions, whole cloves
Poultry parts in slow cooker
I don't always use chicken bullion cubes.  On the right side of the picture, there is a container of previously made poultry broth, and underneath it, some vegetable broth. I use that instead, and reduce the amount of water, too.  
In the middle of the picture there are two freezer bags.  One has chopped up frozen celery, and the other has a chopped up frozen onion.  I a lot of chopping and freezing of vegetables ahead of time, to make life a little easier.  I haven't had a chance to blanch and freeze my carrots yet, so those are straight from the refrigerator. 

Place all ingredients into your slow cooker.

Cover, cook on HIGH 3 hours, then drop to LOW for an additional 4 hours.
Let it cool for a little bit before initial straining.

Ready for the first strain!  
I use very high tech equipment for straining my poultry broth.  
Large bowl,  strainer with large mesh.
1 cup measuring cup 
The purpose of the first straining is to get all the large chunks of carrots, onion, and poultry carcass out.


After the first strain, put the broth into large covered bowls and put it into the refrigerator overnight.  A lot of the fat will rise to the top, and slightly harden (yeah, it's kind of gross, but stick with me).  This makes it easier to remove the excess fat from the broth.  Just keep in mind, the more fat you remove, the more flavor will be lost too.  

The following morning, remove the bowls of broth from the fridge, and remove however much fat you want.
Now it's time to move onto the second straining.  This will get rid of the last of the spices, and little bits of stuff left in the broth.  
I said EVERYBODY OUT!  (Bits of fat, meat, spices, veggies)

Comparison of strainers:  right hand, first strainer, left hand, second strainer
Once you have strained the broth, it's time for dividing it up and getting it into the freezer.
Almost done!

My high tech storage supplies
I measure the broth into 1, 2, or 3 cup segments, and freeze.  This way whenever a recipe calls for a certain amount of broth, it's ready to go, no measuring needed!
Just a small sample.
Once the broth is frozen, I can transfer it to freezer bags (sandwich size) so that it stacks better in the freezer.  Now I have a bunch of poultry broth that will be used throughout the coming year.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Art Class Masterpieces

In August 2013, I started a whole new adventure.  I volunteered to teach art at my children's school.  Two afternoons a week, I am up at their school, introducing a wide range of children to all different kinds of artists and techniques.  I can honestly say it is one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. 
I'm sorry I missed taking pictures of the fantastic "Braille Paintings" the kids did a couple of weeks ago, but I am making up for it by having pictures of their GORGEOUS vinyl window clings that they created.
We talked about the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his buildings, furniture, and all the wonderful things he created, including his wonderful stained glass windows, or "light screens", as he liked to call them.
The children in the school either colored in a vinyl cling that already had one of his designs traced onto it, or designed their own using a view from one of the windows of their home as inspiration.
Here are the beautiful, unique results of two weeks worth of work!

Until next week, make sure your sand is always blue.